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Forum: Ride reports 05-06-2014, 09:44 AM
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Posted By mathewsturtevant
Book in our trip Finished!!

I sent it to the publisher last week. Man. It took a while to sort my notes, feelings and make time, but hopefully I will know soon when it will be available.
Forum: Ride reports 04-19-2014, 12:51 PM
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Views: 57,202
Posted By mathewsturtevant
Awesome to meet Rene Cormier

Rene who wrote University of Gravel Roads stayed at my house last Sunday. He rode 95,000 miles over 4.5 years and now gives tours of South Africa. truly inspiring to be around him and hear his...
Forum: Tejas and the Gulf States 04-09-2014, 09:50 PM
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Posted By mathewsturtevant
Meet Rene Cormier This sunday April 13th?

I'm hosting Rene Cormier as he travels through town on a book tour and discusses his 95,000 around the world journey!:clap:clap He wrote
"University of Gravel Roads" and now owns adventure Travel...
Forum: Ride reports 09-20-2013, 07:39 AM
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Views: 256,903
Posted By mathewsturtevant
When I did it in June,

We still had one more night of camping then a pretty full day the next. Obviously depends on how much TAT he does. There's a couple really hardcore, steep, scary sections left.
He doesn't seem to...
Forum: Ride reports 09-13-2013, 02:44 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 57,202
Posted By mathewsturtevant
See told you I wasn't crazy

Looks like I was just one of several who got turned around in Black Dragon Wash. I don't blame Sam, it's so much info to keep track of and it does change from time to time. My confidence in roll...
Forum: Ride reports 09-04-2013, 01:31 PM
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Posted By mathewsturtevant
Go Doug!! Go Doug!!

:clap:clap

Looks like your up on the passes! Best of Luck. You have a lot of courage. I saw that after Cinnamon pass you went south. If you ran into trouble up there I am sure you'll be fine on...
Forum: Ride reports 08-23-2013, 09:12 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 57,202
Posted By mathewsturtevant
This held the whole trip

Somebody had written:

I am a bit concerned about your rack mounting. I would be surprised if that made the whole trip on paved roads with nothing on it. You might want to beef up that mounting...
Forum: Ride reports 08-22-2013, 06:21 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 57,202
Posted By mathewsturtevant
Talking Good news Bad news

The bad news is I can't tell you much detail about what happens next....

The good news is I got a book deal!!!!!!:lol3:loll:clap:freaky:deal:evil:rofl

What I can tell you is the rest of this...
Forum: Ride reports 08-16-2013, 02:49 PM
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Posted By mathewsturtevant
Laugh a word about gear:

I am not much of a gear head but we had some notable equipment that made this trip much more comfortable. I wore a DARRIEN LIGHT Aerostich Jacket and Aerostich AD-1 pants. Also Aerostich Combat boots...
Forum: Ride reports 08-16-2013, 07:39 AM
Replies: 255
Views: 57,202
Posted By mathewsturtevant
Routes

The roll chart was close, but once you are off by .01 of a mile everything ahead is irrelevant till you match up a turn. Usually in Oregon I could look at the map and see that I was earthier dead on...
Forum: Ride reports 08-15-2013, 05:23 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 57,202
Posted By mathewsturtevant
Storm clouds a coming

We were headed to Gilchrist, the clouds were menacing, I'm sort surprised I didn't get lost in here. Lots of poor roads. Lots of guessing and going with your gut.
...
Forum: Ride reports 08-15-2013, 05:17 PM
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Views: 57,202
Posted By mathewsturtevant
which way do we go??

There were many sections here, where the correct trail was the less obvious and less ridden way(looking like this right turn on this "V" split). More often than not, you just have to consult the roll...
Forum: Ride reports 08-14-2013, 04:33 PM
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Posted By mathewsturtevant
Thanks Rod Currie and JTBMC

For your insight. Very funny Rod about being too old to ride by the time you assemble the dream team:rofl
Forum: Ride reports 08-13-2013, 06:57 AM
Replies: 255
Views: 57,202
Posted By mathewsturtevant
season

this was June . 2nd week. Only in first few hours of morning though. It was hot in afternoons.
Forum: Ride reports 08-13-2013, 06:35 AM
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Posted By mathewsturtevant
bbbrrrrr

We weren't at too much elevation but man it was cccold.:uhoh We would stop ever 20 minutes or so because our hands wold be frozen. So, you just hug your bike for warmth....
Forum: Ride reports 08-13-2013, 06:07 AM
Replies: 255
Views: 57,202
Posted By mathewsturtevant
thanks Tompound

Yes, the mapping becomes very challenging in Oregon. The Loggers just make roads wherever they want. Sam Correro could have down a perfect job and the loggers will change the roads. I sort of used a...
Forum: Ride reports 08-12-2013, 09:29 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 57,202
Posted By mathewsturtevant
Cool2 Still more coming

Coming up..... when GPs and Roll charts aren't working at least you have a map.... unless the maps fly to of your tank bag:eek1

Also, one of our riders goes missing... has a pretty fast crash
...
Forum: Ride reports 08-12-2013, 09:03 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 57,202
Posted By mathewsturtevant
How to make a Happy Camper:

The TAT brought us across some farmland, but then soon enough we were headed up into some lush mountains. Nice gravel most of the time, but then occasionally some single track. One area the trail...
Forum: Ride reports 08-12-2013, 08:33 PM
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Views: 57,202
Posted By mathewsturtevant
finally gas in Adel

We stopped for our first gas in a long time in the little town of Adel. As with most places we went out west there was an abundance of taxidermy. It had gotten chilly so I ordered a hot cocoa as we...
Forum: Ride reports 08-12-2013, 08:20 PM
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Posted By mathewsturtevant
Ahhhh!

Oregon felt great! I started feeling like myself again. The GPS, roll charts and maps were all matching again which was a huge relief!!!!!Trees, grass, I was again surprised how these simple things...
Forum: Ride reports 08-12-2013, 04:22 PM
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Views: 57,202
Posted By mathewsturtevant
ORegon. By far the best riding of our trip.

I actually love the light in the desert. When temperatures are inhabitable, I like seeing the curve of the land and it always peaks my curiosity. I was, and I think we all ready to be done with...
Forum: Ride reports 08-11-2013, 10:31 PM
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Views: 57,202
Posted By mathewsturtevant
Question finding peace of mind

Not sure if I found it for even a moment of peace in Nevada. I was torn. Common sense says stay on highways if roll charts and gps hadn't been working lately. I don't know if others had problems,...
Forum: Ride reports 08-11-2013, 03:34 PM
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Views: 57,202
Posted By mathewsturtevant
desert, sand, forests

http://fotomatt8.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Trans-America-Trail/i-VLpfmdG/0/L/Screen%20Shot%202013-08-12%20at%2012.02.06%20AM-L.jpgAfter my freak out in Battle Mountain where I just wanted to get a...
Forum: Ride reports 08-08-2013, 07:51 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 57,202
Posted By mathewsturtevant
Slabbing ain't necessarily slackin.

Until I was less freaked out or the navigation system was making sense again we'd head west on some slab.Whichever came first. I know, I know, but I was doing my best.
So Nevada was an emotional...
Forum: Ride reports 08-08-2013, 11:59 AM
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Views: 57,202
Posted By mathewsturtevant
Question next

After Black Dragon we headed to Salina to see what was next. After eating at a less than ideal Carl Jr's restaurant we headed briefly north and then west. Roll charts were screwbally again. Then the...
Forum: Ride reports 08-02-2013, 10:45 AM
Replies: 255
Views: 57,202
Posted By mathewsturtevant
thanks esp41

Thanks for your kind words.
I red your report. Good thing I didn't have clutch probs on top of being sorta lost. I would have lost it.:puke1
Forum: Ride reports 07-31-2013, 11:43 AM
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Views: 57,202
Posted By mathewsturtevant
Laugh Thanks Baggi'Tard

Another one of my quirks is being too sensitive. I appreciate you taking the time to clarify. Thanks for reading
Forum: Ride reports 07-31-2013, 08:10 AM
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Views: 57,202
Posted By mathewsturtevant
Thanks BigDon

That's the photo I would have taken if I was calmer. That's exactly the spot. Did your GPS show a straight line instead of curves too? I also agree with you, about later maybe wanting to bite off...
Forum: Ride reports 07-30-2013, 09:45 PM
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Posted By mathewsturtevant
thanks RTW Doug

I've always enjoyed your reports. Looking forward to your TAT harley report.
Forum: Ride reports 07-30-2013, 09:23 PM
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Views: 57,202
Posted By mathewsturtevant
thanks fishn 33

You're right I shouldn't assume things. Tone is hard to read in written form.
I'll write more soon.
Forum: Ride reports 07-30-2013, 08:47 PM
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Posted By mathewsturtevant
Wicked jetting

Same here. The bikes with stock carb, muff had no problems, the one with after market muffler was rejetted 3 times because of issues on this trip! I know people feel the need to improve bikes but...
Forum: Ride reports 07-30-2013, 02:23 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 57,202
Posted By mathewsturtevant
How this?

In the morning it was time for me to face the dragon, specifically, Black Dragon Wash, west of Green River Utah. For a couple years I had been reading about people riding this tricky section of...
Forum: Ride reports 07-30-2013, 02:13 PM
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Views: 57,202
Posted By mathewsturtevant
Cool2 Green river

We wanted to just have a shorter day so we could not to the next technical stuff in the full heat of the day. So We had a leisurely lunch at the restaurant that seems like the cafeteria on a golf...
Forum: Ride reports 07-30-2013, 02:06 PM
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Views: 57,202
Posted By mathewsturtevant
Thanks again for hanging in there guys and gals:ilmostro

The scenery is dramatic but as the sun goes above the colors start to bleach out, the contrast goes away and the topography gets flatter....
Forum: Ride reports 07-30-2013, 01:31 PM
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Posted By mathewsturtevant
North from Moab..

Hey thanks BOB, Casey B, Maverick Chick, Shooby, BCS, Master MArine, Bulgatorfi, TT100, It just helps motivate if you feel it might be read by a few souls. I will reward you with a step by step of...
Forum: Ride reports 07-29-2013, 02:36 PM
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Views: 57,202
Posted By mathewsturtevant
Coming up

Once we made it to Moab and after Corkscrew pass rejected us we felt pretty run down from the cumulative effect of the trip, plus we need to get some bike work done. So rest was in order. We went to...
Forum: Ride reports 07-28-2013, 04:35 AM
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Views: 57,202
Posted By mathewsturtevant
more

http://fotomatt8.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Trans-America-Trail/i-m5wgq82/0/X2/DSC_0873-X2.jpg

http://fotomatt8.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Trans-America-Trail/i-nBHQ9jx/0/X3/DSC_0877-X3.jpg
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Forum: Ride reports 07-28-2013, 04:28 AM
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Posted By mathewsturtevant
cont'd

Keep on keeping on i guess.Westward ho, to ophir pass!

http://fotomatt8.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Trans-America-Trail/i-MWhwwtK/0/XL/DSC_0855-XL.jpg
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Forum: Ride reports 07-25-2013, 09:29 AM
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Views: 57,202
Posted By mathewsturtevant
descent

As we headed back down the Jeeps started heading up. I don't know if there's an official etiquette thing but I would assume the smaller, 2 wheeled vehicle heading downhill on very loose gravel would...
Forum: Ride reports 07-24-2013, 09:19 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 57,202
Posted By mathewsturtevant
pow wow

We discussed what to do next because it didn't seem like we were going to make it up much more. Or maybe we, on the little bikes could, but we can't just ditch our buddy Richard. Then Travis reminded...
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